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Munching on Lunch

This video was created by participants in Wide Angle Youth Media’s Baltimore Speaks Out! Program at the Patterson Park Public Charter School. Youth producers researched where cafeteria food comes from, federal standards for student meals, and explored ideas on how to keep the food both healthy and tasty.

A special “Thank You!” also goes out to all of the dedicated staff at Patterson Park Public Charter School and Baltimore City Public Schools who provide food and nutrition services to students and who helped to contribute to this video. We appreciate your positive attitudes, hard work, and diligence in ensuring that students are fed healthy, delicious meals every day!

Posted February 12th, 2015 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Video by waym
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Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover

In the Fall of 2014, middle school students from Wide Angle’s Baltimore Speaks Out! program at the Herring Run branch of The Enoch Pratt Library System explored the impact of materialism and consumerism on young people.

Posted February 9th, 2015 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Uncategorized, Video by waym
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Meet Moira, our new Program Manager!

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Happy New Year from Wide Angle Youth Media! 

2015 is a year of transitions for us, and it is my pleasure to announce that I have recently taken on the role of Program Manager at Wide Angle Youth Media. Many of you may gotten to know me as a Baltimore Speaks Out! instructor or as the Youth Photography Traveling Exhibition Coordinator, but for those I haven’t yet met, please allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Moira Fratantuono, and have worked as a community artist and educator for over 9 years.  I came to Baltimore to pursue a Masters degree in Community Arts at MICA (‘09), and have since worked with several local organizations to address social issues through the arts.  I have also been fortunate to be involved in projects overseas in Honduras, Nicaragua, Vietnam and India. I look forward to drawing upon these experiences as I oversee our current programs and create new partnerships in the Baltimore community.

My transition coincides with a year of physical and programmatic growth for Wide Angle – our office renovations will be complete by early spring, and Sheila Wells, my predecessor, will take on the newly created position of Development and Communications Director!
 
 
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Posted January 15th, 2015 in Blog, Homepage, News by waym
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The Mystery of Media Literacy

Created in the fall of 2014, this video was made by participants in Wide Angle Youth Media’s Baltimore Speaks Out! Program at the Reisterstown Road Branch of The Enoch Pratt Free Library . Students used satire to critique sensationalized TV news coverage and examine the importance of media literacy skills. What steps can YOU take to check the facts the next time you see a shocking news headline?

Posted January 12th, 2015 in Blog, Homepage, News, Video by waym
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Capital Campaign

Wide Angle Youth Media is proud to announce we are expanding and renovating our current office space in Miller’s Court! In the coming months we will share with you before and after images. We would like to thank the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development for awarding Wide Angle Youth Media with a generous Neighborhood Business Grant.

Additional Capital Campaign Support has been provided by:

      An Anonymous Donor
      Clayton Baker Trust
      The Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation
      Constellation Energy
      The France-Merrick Foundation
      Seawall Development

If you are interested in learning more about supporting Wide Angle’s Capital Campaign, four room naming opportunities remain. Please email Wide Angle’s Executive Director, Susan Malone at susan@wideanglemedia.org for more information. We are tentatively planning an official unveiling of the new space in the late spring. In the meantime, thank you for your patience while we are currently under construction!

Posted January 7th, 2015 in Blog, Homepage, News, Slider, Uncategorized by waym
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Slaves to Fashion

In this powerful video essay created in the fall 2014 Mentoring Video Project program, filmmaker Evodie Ngoy explores the disturbing conditions in which our clothing, electronics, and fashion accessories are made. By sharing her own story, Evodie calls on us to spend our money supporting ethical manufacturing around the globe.

Posted October 30th, 2014 in Blog, Homepage, News, Video by waym
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Free Running in Baltimore

Tyson Sanford-Griffin is a young man that loves free running and parkour, activities that involve finding acrobatic ways of moving through urban spaces. However, in this short film, Tyson explains how he often feels unsafe doing his favorite activity in his native city of Baltimore, MD.

Created in the fall of 2013 in Wide Angle Youth Media’s Mentoring Video Project, this film also won “Best Story Promoting a Cause Related to Youth or Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math” in TechSoup’s 2014 Storymakers contest!

Posted October 27th, 2014 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Slider, Video by waym
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Reflecting on Wide Angle Youth Media

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Alexandria Hemphill, a Loyola University undergraduate, interned at Wide Angle Youth Media in the summer of 2014 to assist with Communications and our Traveling Photography Workshops. Here, she looks back on her experience.

My first day at Wide Angle Youth Media: I walked down the hall and into the office, a spacious area that bustled with talented teens working at computers. Students and administrators in the room greeted me with a warm welcome. I was blown away by the skills that the kids exhibited and their incredible technique with film. Twitter, Facebook, and the blog-site became second nature to me as I posted every day. At first, events in Baltimore seemed like nothing new to me: I had seen pretty much all of Baltimore, but it was not until my time at Wide Angle that I really began to explore the city. A couple of weeks into the internship, I teamed up with Moira, Meggie, and Emelia, another WAYM intern. The four of us set up tripods, projectors and cameras at the Herring Run Branch of the Enoch Pratt Library. With their cameras in hand, each student was excited to walk around the community to tell their own story through photography. In a local steel mill that we found, metalworkers blazed through thick hunks of steel with powerful lasers almost too bright to capture on camera.

My second workshop was at the Reisterstown Road Branch. My group and I discovered all kinds of interesting places in the plaza. From bakeries where customers spoke Hebrew to colorful nail salons and markets, Reisterstown Road was so visually dynamic. That same day, we all got to experience life on set at a local production company, Blue Rock Productions. When we walked in we were greeted by a sign made just for us that read “Welcome Wide Angle Youth Photography Workshop!”. The studio had filmed plenty of Baltimore heroes in the past including Michael Phelps and Haloti Ngata. A high-tech digital movie camera sat in the middle of the room: we all felt like were in a movie as the camera captured our every move. The kids asked plenty of questions and their enthusiasm was palpable as they explored the set, snapping pictures in front of the large backdrop.

Last but not least was our trip to Govans, a scenic Baltimore neighborhood where we connected with nature through photography. Classically styled houses lined the streets and we all eventually met at a peaceful pond at the end of the block. Students took in the beautiful sights of plants and flowers that we encountered. Just as we had done in previous workshops, we were able to capture the beauty of Baltimore both behind the lens and with our own eyes.

Before I thought I had seen pretty much all there was to see in Baltimore, but photography allows you to take something familiar and turn it into something extraordinary and new. A subject can be more than it appears and to truly appreciate the beauty around you, sometimes you have to look at it through a Wide Angle.

Posted August 20th, 2014 in Blog, Homepage, News, Uncategorized by waym
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A Dose of Nature: An Exploration in Environmental Psychology

“I did this project out of my love for trees. I hope it encourages you to love them too.” – Carson Murphy, Youth Producer

Ever wonder how green spaces affect our behavior and emotions? In the spring of 2014, the youth producers in the Baltimore Speaks Out! program at Patterson Park Public Charter School set out to discover answers. They researched and documented green spaces and vacant lots in Baltimore and their effect on the community. They also found that green spaces reduce crime. These dedicated youth producers reached out to several community organizations to create their story. Created by Youth Producers: Karolina Cazorla, Gerardo Cervantes, Michael Garcia, Antonio Johnson, Taylor Key, Tayvon Lane, Ryan Lee, Carson Murphy, Alexander Ortega, Joy Sanders, Sonta Solomon, Ahniya Thomas, Kelly Zamudio. Assistant Youth Producers: Ni’Jae Collier, Segunda Mayingi, K-Shaud Watkins, Drakhan Webb.
 
What can YOU do to create more green spaces in Baltimore?  

“I made this film because when I didn’t go outside, I was bored. Now I go outside, I feel better and more active with others.” – Taylor Key, Youth Producer

Posted June 24th, 2014 in Baltimore, Blog, Homepage, News, Video by waym
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The Intern Reflection: Emelia’s Look Back

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I keep glancing nervously at the clock. 4 hours to go. Now only 3 hours. 2.5. Even as I write this, my eye wanders every now and then to the digital clock in the corner of the computer screen. It is my last day at Wide Angle Youth Media as an intern, hence the dramatic countdown. It might seem like an ordinary day to any other, peace in the office, perhaps the faint sound of typing. But for me, today marks the end of an era (or rather, six weeks). My time here has taught me so much and changed so much about the way I see Baltimore. I’ve made friends and have found mentors.

Before, Baltimore was a mystery to me. I rarely strayed from my little house in the suburbs. Every time I ventured into the city, I was confronted with my own unfounded fears. Wide Angle has exposed me to the true Baltimore culture – students, business, and art – things that give life to the city and help it grow. I feel that now I can finally understand the city. I enter it cautiously, but no longer afraid. Much of this exposure came in the form of special projects. I worked closely with AOL for Monster Help Day, creating a gorgeous gallery space for Wide Angle’s work. I also attended a conference for student athletes where I assisted with a program about combating bullying in schools. Meeting successful students and professionals made me proud to be a Baltimorean.

Other days, I was in the office staring at a computer screen for hours. However, with cushy chairs, Pandora radio, and the smiling faces of the Wide Angle staff, the (occasionally monotonous) work was truly enjoyable. I’ve learned skills instrumental to any future career – writing blog posts, working directly with companies to plan events, emailing organizations, and the ever-important skill of sorting file folders. I even took the plunge into the social media world. My previous engagement was limited to one nearly empty Facebook profile. Now I am the author of several (hopefully) witty Facebook and Twitter posts about Baltimore arts events. I’ve basically become a calendar; ask me about an event, and I can tell you the exact date and time.

The students I’ve met here amaze me. They are some of the nicest and smartest individuals I have ever met. Where in other experiences I have felt like the ‘plague-ridden newbie’, an individual to be avoided for my nerdy habits, these students welcomed me with open arms. (Literally. Constant hugging.) Immediately, I became part of the crew, even with my constant rants about medieval monarchies and my love of calculus.

And now the clock continues to chip away at my remaining minutes. Soon, I will leave this desk and the swivel chair that has become my own and enter the world of college academia. But I will never forget my time here or the people and things I’ve come to know. – Emelia Lehmann

Posted June 6th, 2014 in Blog, Homepage, News by waym